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How to Lead Your Association Through Difficult Times

Socious

When it rains, it pours. And man, is it pouring. It seems like every few hours we hear another piece of crummy news from the media, our friends, or our coworkers. Something always seems to be going wrong, which may just be a symptom of the fact that we’re living in turbulent, uncertain times. Times that can be more than a little frightening.

Establishing the Business Value of Online Communities

Higher Logic

We can all agree that every organization's CEO and leadership team is accountable for determining what adds value to the business. The very best ones are focused on creating and delivering value for all stakeholders inside and outside of the organization. It is natural that the first question they ask when we talk about community is: Can community affect the bottom line? And if so, how?

It’s time for associations to exploit programmatic advertising.

YourMembership Blog

Machine learning technology + analytics increase value + grow non-dues revenue. Associations and advertisers are capitalizing on the power of analytics and machine learning technology to drive non-dues revenue and sponsorship value. With improved online advertising technology, there’s an opportunity for associations to efficiently buy space for their advertisers and increase non-dues revenue.

How Many Eggs in Your Basket?

Eric Lanke

I used this metaphor the other day when talking about all the things our association does. If our mission is the basket, I said, and the strategic objectives that we pursue in order to achieve that mission are the eggs, then we have six eggs in our basket. Described that way, that doesn't sound like a lot. What do I mean by that? Let me try to explain it this way. Here's the reality.

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What is Your Volunteer Culture?

Aaron Wolowiec

Jamie Notter, founding partner, WorkXO. This month’s guest blog post is by Jamie Notter , founding partner, WorkXO. think a lot of associations have a love/hate relationship with their volunteers. At one level, these folks do a LOT of work — for free — so their contributions are highly valued. These members ARE the association, right? But there is also the shadow side of volunteers.

How Associations Can Transform Higher Education

Reid All About it

Right now, today, in 2016 is the best time to start up. There has never been a better day in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities, more openings, lower barriers, higher benefit/risk ratios, better returns, greater upside than now. Right now, this minute. Let’s not blow our chance. The future is calling us. Don’t say college.

How to Recruit Volunteers from Your Email List

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re sending emails to your contact list, asking for volunteers, but not getting a lot of response, it’s likely that your emails are getting lost in your recipients’ inboxes. Here's one simple thing you can do to get your emails to stand out. Volunteers personalization email emails

Can Associations Thrive in a Crowded Marketplace?

Socious

When my family played Monopoly, whoever got those two blue properties (Park Place and Boardwalk) usually won. They dominated the real estate in the most powerful area of the board, so it was hard for anyone to take over their lead. Association Management Online Community Member Benefits Association Trends

Turn Your 'Over Eager' Online Community Members into Super Users

Higher Logic

Do you have one member -- or several -- whose engagement is off the charts? Every time the average member posts, one of your over eager member posts many more times, far outshining the runner up. It might seem overwhelming, but don’t fret -- you actually hit a goldmine. Congratulations -- you just found a super user. Do you have trolls or super-users? Redirect behavior. Give them a job.

Guest blog: Beyond the RFP.

YourMembership Blog

Widen your AMC’s business development process. by Erin Fuller, FASAE, CAE, President | MCI USA Association Management & Consulting & Member | AMCI’s Board of Directors. The email came out of the blue, from a really strong association executive that I interviewed a few months back who wasn’t the right fit for the professional society leadership role I tried to fill. brought him in anyway to meet with other members of our team. I was so impressed that I wanted him front of mind for the next appropriate executive director position we filled. Clearly, the win number is important.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.23.16

Reid All About it

Let’s start with my desert hiking observations from last week in Sedona, AZ. suppose this might bore 96% of you. But if you’re hiking out west soon, you’ll appreciate these thoughts, I hope. Greet fellow hikers as you pass by. People hiking trails rated “strenuous” are usually much friendlier than people on trails rated “easy” or “moderate”—must be a camaraderie thing. Host: Abila.

Four Untrue Myths of Association Innovation that Stop Us in Our Tracks

SocialFish

Myths are stories that are intended to teach us. Don’t fly too high but also don’t fly too low, said Icarus’s dad. But there are also stories that keep us stuck. These are challenges for sure, these are even the challenges the most innovative associations have had, but these challenges are not insurmountable. They should not be stopping us in our tracks. Innovation Myth #1: Size Matters.

Wednesday Buzz: BlackBerry Bows Out

Associations Now

The legacy smartphone maker pivots from devices to software. Also: why you probably shouldn’t design your own website. If you’ve been buying BlackBerrys because of their unique design, we have some bad news for you. The reason? The company is finding its footing as a software manufacturer. “We are reaching an inflection point with our strategy. Don’t Do it Yourself.

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3 Ways to Hold Your Volunteers Accountable

MembersClick

Volunteers are great - and a HUGE part of your association’s success.as long as they follow through. The question here then is HOW do you get your volunteers to follow through? How can you hold them accountable? Here are a few tips: association management association leadership Association Views

Measuring Success, Let’s get to the Point!

Informz

Wake up, get ready, head to work, check your email. what can be checked off the checklist today? Work, work, work! Email campaign done, CHECK! Sound familiar? There’s something missing! Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Social Brand Forum in Iowa City, Iowa. question I kept hearing within each presentation was “why” or “what’s the point?”

Association Labs – Episode 55: Strategies for Coping with Today’s World - Moery Company

The Moery Company

There are terrible things going on in the world today, says host JP Moery. We are living in a complex and heartbreaking time, but he adds tragic events have always been an unfortunate part of a world occupied by the human race. In In this personal episode, JP shares his belief in God’s plan and the opportunity to do good, to serve, to overcome, and to show love in light of recent and tragic events.

Association Social Media Jobs

SocialFish

No Feeds Found. TIME IS RUNNING OUT! We have a special 20% discount for employers for a very limited time:  Please use SOCIALFISHVIP at checkout. The SocialFish job board is live! Will you please share this with your friends and colleagues and employer and anyone else you know who might be looking for a job or looking to hire? We photo credit ). Featured From the Trenches

Obesity Board Sees Success, But Patient Treatment Remains a Challenge

Associations Now

In recent years, the number of doctors certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine has surged. But while the board is making progress, many physicians still lack a full understanding of obesity issues, leading to poor treatment of patients. Culturally and medically, obesity is a hard problem to solve, one that requires thinking differently and moving away from the status quo. Dr. Louis J.

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How to Set a New Tone at Your Association

Smooth The Path

Our little team of volunteers crowded around the bus door to welcome arriving attendees. The door opened and struggling under the weight of an enormous backpack an anxious-looking woman stepped to the ground. The first volunteer in line made a split-second decision and hugged the new arrival. Then the formerly unsure woman took one step to the left and she was now right in front of me. Onward!

7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

Beth Kanter's Blog

Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator. The first time you facilitate a training, you start developing your own personal list of tips for great facilitation. You try out some things that work, and they go on your list (“I can’t wait to try that again!”). Chances are you also try out some things that don’t work, and they go somewhere else. Understand the science of learning and put it to work.

Why “Being Nosey” Can Actually Be a Good Thing at Your Association

MembersClick

Being nosey is often deemed as a negative act. No one wants to be called “nosey.”. That said, when it comes to managing your association, being nosey can actually be a good thing. Here’s why: association management association leadership member engagement Small Staff Chatter

[Cool Infographic Friday] Top 5 Fundraisers for Fall School Fundraising

SocialFish

I like this one, could give you ideas.  H/T from Booster. ——– Looking to make a mark this fall fundraising season? Choosing and planning fundraisers can be daunting, especially if you’re fundraising for a school and are already juggling numerous other initiatives and tasks. Check out the list below and share it with those you think might find it helpful! photo credit ).

Mobile Emergency Alerts Could Expand, but Wireless Group Sees Challenges

Associations Now

At a time when a prominent senator is calling for improvements to the Wireless Emergency Alert System, one association is pointing out that those improvements could put additional stress on the system at an inopportune time. The Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) has been in the news lately. But one association has been quick to push back with some practical considerations.

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Selling Membership Solutions vs Products - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Recently, I was inspired by a quote I saw posted on LinkedIn that really struck me: “It’s Not the Products You Sell, It’s the Problems You Solve.” And, I thought about this perspective for our clients and for associations selling membership in particular. From what I see in my business – selling solutions is what association membership sales campaigns could be all about.

Nonprofit Podcast and Blogger @joangarry Profiles Healthy Happy Nonprofit Book

Beth Kanter's Blog

If you don’t already read Joan Garry’s nonprofit blog and or listen to her podcast , you should. She is a must read and a must listen. She has the experience of being a nonprofit executive director, but now works with nonprofits, assisting with crisis management, executive coaching and the building of strong management teams to support the work of the CEO. Happy Healthy Nonprofit

How to Become a Lifelong Learner: 5 Tips

MembersClick

If there’s one thing we should all continue to do in life, it’s learn. In fact, Abraham Lincoln once said, “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” Learning helps us become better professionals and people. Not sure how to become a lifelong learner - both personally and professionally?

You May be Doing Innovation: Introducing the Association Innovation Continuum

Smooth The Path

The magnitude of an innovation project doesn’t determine whether the project is innovative or not. Innovation is synonymous with big. So innovation also might be just as well be synonymous with risky, scary and the domain of only a privileged few. This is dangerous thinking for association executives, boards and staff alike. Innovation Type 1: Evolutionary. Innovation Type 2: Revolutionary.

Inbound Marketing’s Potential for Membership

Associations Now

As marketing technology advances and member habits evolve, the power of inbound marketing continues to grow. Is your association ready to make the leap? Even if you’ve never seen Field of Dreams , you know the line. “If you build it, he will come.”. More than a quarter-century later, that phrase is a business cliché. But let’s say you could—then what? But that’s only where the work begins.

Are you “enabling” your board?

Effective Databse

I once met with an association to discuss their data management issues. They were explaining to me that the systems they had in place made it extremely difficult to pull together information in a timely and efficient way. For example, in order to get a look at “total spend” from their members, they had to look in several different system, compile it all in a spreadsheet, and then do a bunch of calculations to figure it all out. At some point in the conversation I asked, “Does the board know how big a challenge this is?” They think it all happens automatically.”

What makes an Association Education Program Successful?

WBT Systems

There is an association for every profession, trade, and interest. In the United States alone, there are tens of thousands of associations and non-profit organizations working to support, develop, and advocate for their respective members and industries. With such diversity, how do you determine what makes an association education program successful? Measuring Success - Determining the Metrics.

Exploring Association Innovation: New Study

MembersClick

“Innovative” is something all companies - both big and small, for-profit and non-profit - aspire to be. But all companies will tell you, innovation is NOT easy, particularly for small companies and non-profit organizations. That said, it can be done! association management association leadership Small Staff Chatter